|Short Description||The homepage of a browser may look like a legitimate search engine, and there can be browser redirects from search results.|
|Symptoms||The user may have installed the application without his approval. Sets a custom homepage, search engine and may also change the new tab setting.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Freeware installers|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Searchfar.net|
|User Experience||Join our forum to follow the discussion about Searchfar.net.|
“Searchfar.net” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on a computer will attach itself to a browser, change its homepage, new tab page and search engine. The user may be redirected to unwanted sites and will be shown various sponsored results.
Searchfar.net – How Did I Get It?
The “Searchfar.net” PUP usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “Searchfar.net”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” setting in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.
Other ways of getting infected are by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on various ads and banners containing malicious content which may also add a browser extension. You can also get the browser extension and your homepage changed from the official site of the application. The domain name is the same: “Searchfar.net”. Interestingly enough, the browser extension doesn’t seem to be working on Mozilla Firefox when installed via the official domain.
Searchfar.net – More About It
“Searchfar.net” is classified as a browser hijacker. When it is installed on your computer, it may change different browser settings, such as the homepage, new tab and search engine, and may also install a browser extension. You can also get the browser extension and get your homepage changed from the hijacker’s official webpage. All these settings are to make “Searchfar.net” a default search engine and for you to use the “Searchfar.net” domain whenever you try making a search query.
Interesting how the Search engine works with sponsored links most of the time, but when you try typing something popular, it may show no results whatsoever.
If you try searching for something in your browser, the hijacker can display incorrect or no results and sponsored links. You may also be shown advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners, like the “Make a free registration on Facebook” message, that pops up on many sites to which the hijacker’s sponsored links can redirect you. The sites which you may be redirected to, generate profit when on a pay-per-click basis and they could contain other malicious content to infect your computer.
Remove Searchfar.net Completely
To remove “Searchfar.net” manually from your system, make sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this malware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats that come your way.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Searchfar.net in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Searchfar.net.
Step 2: Remove Searchfar.net from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Searchfar.net and click “Remove”
After Searchfar.net is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Searchfar.net to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Searchfar.net has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Searchfar.net
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Searchfar.net. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Searchfar.net will be removed.